Could Joan Harris's personal drama lead to Christina Hendricks's ultimate glory?
The curvy office manager at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce had her toughest year yet, that saw her husband joining the military, her get mugged and have an affair, amongst a litany of other difficulties. Nominated for the second year in a row, Hendricks increased her profile with two films ("Drive" and "I Don't Know How She Does It"), giving her a sure shot at the trophy.
Of course, she'll have to top Archie Panjabi, the returning champion and the dirty private investigator on "The Good Wife." She could split votes with fellow "Good Wife" star, Christine Baranski, the all-business firm head that dominates as a woman in a man's world.
Meanwhile, out west is "Justified" Margo Martindale with a very deserved nod, while getting nominations for their work in the first seasons of their respective shows are Kelly MacDonald of "Boardwalk Empire," and Michelle Forbes, the mourning mother on "The Killing."